Livingston HealthCare once again snags prestigious award
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
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Enterprise photos by Nate Howard

Ruth Kincaid, a nurse at Livingston HealthCare with 34 years of experience, visits with patient Arlene Graham, 94, who shares stories of growing up on the Hogsted sheep ranch east of Livingston, Tuesday at the hospital.

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Lark Von Tempsky, a nurse at Livingston HealthCare, uses a medical dispensary for supplies at the hospital, Tuesday morning.

For the third year in a row, Livingston HealthCare has been named one of the top 20 Critical Access Hospitals in the nation.

The award from the National Rural Health Association is given to rural hospitals with 25 or fewer acute care inpatient beds — LHC has 25 — based on a criteria that includes quality, outcomes, patient perspectives, cost, financial stability, and in-patient and outpatient market share.

Interim LHC CEO Deb Anczak said Tuesday the award was an honor, and a tribute to employees and providers.

LHC Medical Director, Dr. Scott Coleman, likewise noted it was a validation of the effort, hard work and training of the personnel.

“(A) third year in a row is so exceptional and so rare that it’s become validating across the entire staff,” he said.

The numbers on the rarity of the award bear him out. LHC had to compete against more than 1,300 Critical Access Hospitals across the country for the honor.

“Livingston HealthCare received a 98.3 percent overall score, compared to a median score of 68.6 for all other Montana CAHs,” an LHC news release said. “Over the past eight years, 140 CAHs have reached Top 20 status. Livingston HealthCare is one of 17 to be recognized three or more times. Fewer than six CAHs have received the Top 20 designation from 2016-2018, alongside Livingston.”

“It’s been a pretty remarkable two and a half years in the transition to this new facility,” Coleman said Tuesday.

“We are truly grateful for the entire LHC team and their commitment to our patients and their families,” Anczak remarked in the release.

Two other hospitals in Montana also made the Top 20 CAH list — Barrett Memorial Hospital in Dillon and Central Montana Medical Center in Lewistown.

To celebrate its award, LHC is throwing a barbecue from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Friday at its Café Fresh cafeteria.

“We are inviting the entire community,” LHC Marketing and Communications Manager Whitney Harris said.

LHC is located at 320 Alpenglow Lane just east of Livingston.